By Ivy / Last update October 20, 2022

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About WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync

Dropbox is one of the most famous cloud storage worldwide to help users automatically backup and sync files across all of your devices, whether computer, mobile or tablet, and keep them in the cloud.

Also, it still integrates with My Cloud NAS, so you can perform WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync automatically. Why do this?

  • Keep an exact copy of files for backup. WD My Cloud is far away from local disasters, but may still be exposed to physical damage, such as, hardware crashes. Therefore, it’s necessary to sync files from WD My Cloud to Dropbox.

  • Low power consumption and 24 hours standby. These are the common advantages of network-attached storage. Also, you can build RAID to get faster speed if you have more spare disks.

Sync Dropbox to WD My Cloud in Windows 10

Before starting any operation, you need to get the basics of the My Cloud Dropbox app.

  • My cloud Dropbox app can be installed on My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Mirror Gen2, My Cloud EX2, My Cloud EX2 Ultra, My Cloud EX4 etc.

  • My Cloud is set up and configured with internet access.

  • You need a Dropbox account.

  • It supports immediate sync, interval sync, selective sync, two-way sync.

  • The default local sync folder is /Public/Dropbox.

Then, let’s have a closer look at WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync, and I’ll take My Cloud EX2 Ultra as an example.

Step 1. Go to My Cloud dashboard. Then, click the Apps icon at the top location and find Dropbox, click Install and OK to install Dropbox on My Cloud system.

Install Dropbox

Step 2. Go to App Store and select Dropbox in the installed app list.

Select Dropbox

Step 3. Click Configure at the initial screen.

Configure

Step 4. Click Sign in, type email address and password of your WD My Cloud to log in with Dropbox. Click Allow when you are asked to authorize My Cloud device.

Sign In Dropbox

Step 5. Select and copy the authorization code below.

Copy Authorization Code

Step 6. Go back to My Cloud configuration window and paste the authorization code in the following box. Then, click Apply to save the changes.

Paste Authorization Code

Step 7. Now, the Dropbox sync has been initiated. You can set sync settings in the Dropbox Settings and sync now, including Stop Syncing, Local Sync folder, Sync Interval, Dropbox Sync Folders, etc.

Dropbox Sync

My Cloud Dropbox Sync Only Once

Although WD My Cloud Dropbox sync is very useful for users to always keep their files safe, it still has some flaws. My Cloud Dropbox Sync only once is one of the problems. Here is an example taken from the Dropbox forum.

I have WD MyCloud Ex2 Ultra. I tried to Dropbox SYNC in the ex2 ultra and all of my files create date replaced with todays’ date. There is no different date on my files in the MyCloud storage and Dropbox, it just seems to make one time copy of it then no further updates. How can you fix this big issue? Thanks.

It’s said, this problem is caused by network file systems because it does not send messages when files change. But Dropbox only starts file sync when it receives the file update events.

Don’t worry about it, you can fix it by moving the Dropbox folder to a local drive, preferably the system partition. In addition, you can make use of a third-party file sync software like AOMEI Backupper Professional to do this.

Automatically Sync files between WD My Cloud and Dropbox

In the following, I’ll tell you how to backup Dropbox automatically with the best WD My Cloud Sync Software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. It has an intuitive interface, so even novices can use it smoothly. Below are some features you can use during the process:

Rich sync methods: It supports Basic Sync, Real-Time Sync, Mirror Sync and Two-Way Sync to sync files from one location to another or between two locations. The previous 3 methods are based on one-way file sync, but with different focuses. 
Automatic sync files: It is able to sync files with different frequencies, such as, daily, weekly, monthly, or use event triggers, USB plug in. 
Multiple sync storage: It is capable of syncing files to different locations, such as, cloud drive like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, NAS like WD My Cloud, Seagate, external hard drive, flash drive, network drive etc.
Use less disk space: It allows you to sync files with certain file extensions instead of all of them, thereby saving sync time and disk space. 

Therefore, with the help of this professional software, you can automatically sync files to any device or between any two devices. Please download and install it on your computer. 

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(PS: The software only supports Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Server.)

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on your computer. Then, launch it and select Two-Way Sync under the Sync tab.

Two Way Sync

Other sync methods for My Cloud Dropbox Sync:
Basic Sync:
It will automatically sync changed files from one location to another.
Real-Time Sync: It will monitor files in real-time and sync any detected changes immediately, so your files is always up-to-date.
Mirror Sync: It focuses on preventing any unwanted changes in the destination, and it will undo them even if other people make changes to it.

Step 2. Select folder on WD My Cloud for synchronization.

First, click + Add Folder on the main page of Two-Way Sync.

Add Folder

Then, in the pop-up window, click Share/NAS to continue.

Share Nas

Next, click Add Share or NAS Devices and input the required info of WD My Cloud and click OK. After that, double-click the network attached storage and select the folder you want to sync.

add share or NAS device

Step 3. Select Dropbox as the destination path. 

In the first place, click the inverted triangle and Select a cloud drive.

Select A Cloud Drive

Then, select Dropbox, double-click it to choose a specific folder.  

Select Dropbox

Step 4. Click Schedule Sync and enable it, then select sync settings for your task. 

  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly: It is to sync files with different frequencies. The fastest sync can be up to every 1 hour in a day. And it’s suggested to tick “Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks” if you set the sync task to off-peak hour.
  • Event trigger: It allows you to sync files when system shutdown, system startup, user logon or use logoff.
  • USB plug in: It is to automatically copy files when USB drive connected, thus you don't need to connect external devices manually before a task start, or keep it always connected. 

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Click Start Sync >> to automatically sync files between WD My Cloud and Dropbox.

Schedule Sync

Tips:
Don’t monitor the source folder name, otherwise this software will no longer sync files.
You are also allowed to sync local folder to Dropbox, sync folder to network drive, sync folders between computers, sync folder between drives, sync files between computer and flash drive, etc.

★ How to backup files to AOMEI Cloud

As cloud storage is becoming more and more popular, AOMEI offers users its own cloud - AOMEI Cloud. After you sign up for an AOMEI account, you can use 1TB storage for free within 15 days. Just click Backup > Cloud Backup to backup files to AOMEI Cloud.

AOMEI Cloud

Over to You

That’s all for WD My Cloud Dropbox Sync, you can use My Cloud or AOMEI Backupper Professional. To automatically sync Dropbox to WD My Cloud or between them, the second is recommended. You can use daily, weekly, monthly, even trigger, USB plug in or real-time file sync. 

Also, it provides you with other sync methods to meet different needs, such as Basic Sync, Mirror Sync, Real-Time Sync, etc. To add extra layer of data security, try file backup feature. And you can create bootable media to sync or backup files without booting into Windows. Still don't have a copy of important files? Download it for sync!